Airlines Will Add New Gender Options to Include Non-Binary Travelers

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Airlines for America (A4A), which represents several major U.S. airlines, has announced that the carriers will be adding new gender options to flight bookings in order to accommodate passengers who identify as non-binary.

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Beginning on June 1, the gender choices will no longer be limited to just male and female on American Airlines, Alaska Airlines, Southwest, United and Hawaiian Airlines, according to an article in People.

A4A said in a statement to People that “U.S. airlines value a culture of diversity and inclusion, both in the workplace and for our passengers. We work hard each day to accommodate the needs of all travelers while delivering a safe, secure and enjoyable flight experience.”

Delta Air Lines, which is no longer represented by A4A, also said that it would be making the change, telling the Daily Beast that they are “planning to offer a non-binary gender option during the booking process.”

This isn’t the first transportation organization to recognize non-binary individuals. Former California governor Jerry Brown signed the Gender Recognition Act in October 2017, which allows individuals to identify as non-binary on driver licenses and identification cards.

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